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French sabre-tache, from German Säbeltasche, from Säbel (sabre) and Tasche (pocket).


sabretache (plural sabretaches)

  1. (historical) A leather pocket or pouch worn hanging from a cavalry officer’s belt.
    • A Descriptive Account of the Famous Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava
      There were five buttons blown off my dress jacket; the slings of my sabretache were cut off, but my sword belts were not touched.
    • 1896, Letter from Winston Churchill, on Army duty in India, to his mother
      Two years in Europe—with a campaign thrown in—would I think qualify me to be allowed to beat my sword into a paper cutter & my sabretache into an election address.